BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The drought is hitting cattlemen in Kern County hard.
Many have to sell part or all of their herds to survive.
The lack of rain means the natural grass cattlemen rely on this time of year to feed their herds is gone.
So they have to turn to hay which is expensive.
Some are choosing to reduce the number of cattle in their herd to save on feed prices.
But even when the drought ends it could take years for them to restore their herds.
This is typically the slow time of the year for cattle auctions but this year the auction is busy with lots of cattle ranchers selling.